Start the week by strengthening your brand

Kick off your week with learning, building, and pitching: Check out this week’s opportunities.

Today: Tools for Impact: Building Your Personal Brand, hosted by ImpactHub Boston, 50 Milk St., 20th floor, Boston. 5:30-7:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Communicating, building and profiting from your personal brand goes a long way toward ensuring your venture’s success. In this interactive workshop with MassChallenge Director of Programming Rachel Spekman, you’ll get the tools you need to develop that brand.

Tuesday, Dec 13: Lean In Holiday Celebration, hosted by Lean In Boston Chapter at WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher St., Boston. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Join the Lean In community for a end-of-year holiday bash and networking get-together.

Building a Diverse Workforce in Edtech, hosted by LearnLaunch Institute, 281 Summer St., 2nd floor, Boston. 6-8 p.m., FREE. Register HERE. The persistent diversity gap affects companies in countless industries. Recruiting women and minorities is integral to a strong work force, yet successful implementation is challenging. Join LearnLaunch’s workshop on methods to build and sustain a diverse work force.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: Introduction to Spark for Data Engineers, Data Scientists and Developers, hosted by Whit Smith and IBM, 1 Rogers St., Cambridge, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Any developers and engineers looking to master a new open source framework: IBM is offering a day of instruction and exercises aimed at perfecting your Apache Spark knowledge. All you bring is your laptop.

Thursday, Dec. 15: Boston: Startup Institute Fall Talent Expo, hosted by Startup Institute at New England Aquarium, IMAX Theater, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Come to Startup Institute’s annual talent expo, where its 2016 fall graduates will pitch their talents to the panel of founders and tech experts. If you are a founder looking to build up your talent, this expo is recruitment gold: These students are accomplished, motivated and waiting to join your team.

Big Idea Lab, hosted by Awesome Videomakers, at Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Suite 308, Cambridge. 6:30-9 p.m. FREE. Register HEREWorkbar Cambridge offers an awesome opportunity to present your business venture and challenges to a panel of coaches and business owners. You’ll get invaluable feedback, advice and networking with potential investors and partners.

Friday, Dec. 16: Business Writing 2.0, hosted by Harvard Ed Portal at Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston. 9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Register HERE. If you’re looking to fine tune your business writing chops, join Harvard Ed Portal’s business writing workshop. Writing Company experts will be on hand to help you communicate more effectively and professionally.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Black Girls CODE Boston Chapter Presents: Build a Mobile App in a Day hosted by Black Girls Code, General Assembly, 125 Summer St., 13th Floor, Boston. FREE. Register HERE. Aspiring coders: Black Girls CODE is throwing an app development workshop specifically for girls ages 10-17. You’ll learn invaluable coding tools, tips and confidence.

Sunday, Dec. 18: Holiday Lecture Series 2016, hosted by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University Science Center. 1 Oxford St., Hall B, Cambridge. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Getting your kids interested in science is a piece of cake at The Science in a Bubble: Illuminating Interfaces holiday lecture at Harvard’s Science Museum. Audience participation and hands-on experiments not only make for a fun weekend family activity, but will leave a lasting impression about how cool earth science is.

Learn and launch with this week’s events

Boston women in business, this is your week for events. Join the panel presentations, hackathons and foodie meetups aimed at promoting women (and girls!) in tech, finance, and more.

Today, Nov. 14: Fall 2016 Husky Startup Challenge Demo Day, hosted by Global Entrepreneurship Week at Northeastern University at the Indoor Quad & Ballroom, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Northeastern is throwing its annual Fall 2016 Husky Startup Challenge Demo Day, and you get to be a part of it. The event will showcase multiple student startups that have gone through bootcamps and coaching sessions. You get to watch their live pitches, then cast your vote to help decide the venture getting thousands in prize money.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Power of Constraints, hosted by AIGA Boston and MassChallenge at 21 Drydock Ave., 6th floor, Boston. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $15. Register HERE. Every entrepreneur, team builder and designer is going to face obstacles. Having the tools to overcome those obstacles is what leads to success. Join AIGA Boston and its panel of in-house designers for a discussion about using constraints to overcome team and growth problems.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: November Boston Sustainability Breakfast, hosted by Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter at Pret A Manger, 101 Arch St., Boston. 7:30-8:30 a.m. FREE. Register HERE. Calling all sustainability professionals: This breakfast meetup, hosted by Net Impact Boston, is an awesome opportunity to connect with your Boston peers. Come by for food and discussion about navigating the intersection of the sustainability and business worlds.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Shoobx Startup Series Solving the Funding Puzzle, hosted by Shoobx, Inc. at WeWork South Station, 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 6-8 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Founders: As you know, funding can be one of your biggest challenges. The path to financial success for your startup can be overwhelming and frustrating. Luckily, Shoobx has you covered with its “Solving the Funding Puzzle” panel of entrepreneur and investor mentors. Come get expert advice on prepping your startup for investment and maximizing your investor meetings and transactions.

Thursday, Nov. 17: 2016 National Conversation on Board Diversity, hosted by 2020 Women on Boards at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Student tickets $30, individual tickets $100. Register HERE. Company board members wield significant power. The question is, how do we increase female presence and influence on these boards? Join 2020 Women on Boards and SimmonsLeads for a panel presentation and networking event about ways to implement policies and programs to promote board gender diversity.

Friday, Nov. 18: B-School Mixer, hosted by Babson, Harvard, MIT, Boston University and Northeastern University at Tavern in the Square Allston, 161 Brighton Ave., Boston. 6-9 p.m. FREE. Details HERE. Boston-area business school students: Come mingle and unwind with your b-school compadres at Tavern in the Square Allston. A fun, informal networking setting, it’s the perfect way to end the week.

Saturday, Nov. 19 to Sunday, Nov. 20: Lady Problems Hackathon Boston, hosted by AngelHack at KAYAK Technology HQ, 10 Canal Park, Cambridge. 9 a.m. Saturday-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $0-$10. Register HERE. We all know there’s a major female deficit in the tech world. Join AngelHack in trying to change that by participating in this countrywide challenge to create technology that empowers women entrepreneurs. All developers, designers and entrepreneurs are welcome to participate. Possible solutions include: helping women access health resources, increasing their access to financial training and support, boosting female founder confidence. P.S.: The Hackathon’s sponsors will be awarding prizes to the winners, including team mentoring and acceleration, press promotion, robotics technology and cash.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Potluck with Science Club for Girls & She Geeks Out! hosted by She Geeks Out at the CIC Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge. Noon-3 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Come support the Science Club for Girls by participating in the She Geeks Out potluck and culture share. Bring a dish representing your culture’s cuisine and share the dishes from the SCFG. You’ll get to chat with, advise and learn from the inspiring and motivated SCFG girls and volunteers.

Level up at this week’s events

Every week is brimming with events here in Boston that are just as fun as they are beneficial to your career. Its’ November now: There’s no better time to level up and dive into some of the city’s networking, tech, and entrepreneurship events. Here are some options:

Today, Nov. 2: Fall Pitching + Free Capital Raising Workshop, hosted by Convean, 177 Huntington Ave., Boston. 3:30-9 p.m. Tickets range $15-$255 for corporate membership. Register HERE. Tech, health care and digital media entrepreneurs: Startupalooza Boston brings your chance to pitch investors, including Bain Capital and more than a dozen others. You’ll also get the chance to hear from the VCs themselves on trends they’re seeing and what they’re looking for.

Today, Nov. 2: Scaling Social Ventures, hosted by Archimedes Project at CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Tickets $20. Register HERE. For those with social impact aspirations, this is a great chance to learn about scaling strategies and overcoming obstacles. The speakers will include fellow entrepreneurs, investors and researchers.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Ideation 2016: Biotech & Healthcare by MIT Biotechnology Group & Harvard Biotech Club at the Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge. 6–9 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. If you have an awesome idea for solving healthcare issues, or just a passion for biotech, come to Ideation2016, put on by the MIT Biotechnology Group and the Harvard Biotech Club. You’ll get the opportunity to pitch your idea to groups of your peers, as well as hear other pitches and network.

Friday, Nov. 4: Your Terrible POLITICS! at The Riot Theater, 146A South St, Boston. 10–11:30 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Come blow off some election anxiety at the Riot Theater, no matter your politics.

Friday, Nov. 4: Eat.Drink.Disrupt! MDP Hackathon Kickoff Party, hosted by AthenaHealth at Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 5-7 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. If you’re a hacker of any kind, this one’s for you.  As part of their “More Disruption Please” initiative, AthenaHealth is hosting its seventh annual hackathon. The initiative aims to reach disruptive healthcare solutions through increased connectivity. The hackathon will facilitate dialogue about the current state of healthcare needs and how to reach these disruptive solutions.

Friday,, Nov. 4: Relax and Renew Yoga, hosted by Harvard Ed Portal at 224 Western Ave., Allston. 6–7 p.m. FREE. Register HERE. Nothing’s more important than self care, and all you innovators are working yourselves hard. End the week with some stretching and meditation at Relax & Renew Yoga. Rebalance and reset. Your creative juices will thank you for it.

Saturday, Nov. 5: 32nd Annual Minority Business Conference (AMBC), hosted by NABA, INC. (National Association of Black Accountants), at John B. Hynes Veterans, Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. FREE. Register HERE.  This conference, put on every year by the NABA, INC., not only includes valuable networking but a career fair, a student business showcase and cash prize awards ceremony.

Sunday, Nov. 6: Marketing Innovation Conference 2016 at HBS, hosted by HBS Marketing Club at Harvard Business School, Boston. 8 a.m. –5 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$75. Register HERE. For business, marketing or entrepreneurship students of any kind out there: Harvard Business School is putting on its annual Marketing Innovation Conference, aimed at expanding student accessibility to the marketing world. There’s an entrance fee (starting at $35) but you’ll get access to leading marketing professionals and industry knowledge.



Where should you go to learn this week?

Lots happening, plus it’s WeBOS Week! Don’t miss an opportunity to get to know the nearly 20,000 women-owned businesses in Boston. Check out this week’s can’t-miss events in the area.

Today, Oct. 17: Boston Startup Job Fair at Microsoft NERD Center, Noon – 5 p.m., 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. FREE. Register HERE.

Today, Oct. 17: Atlantic LEADERPRENEUR(sm) Panel Series, at the Newton Marriott, Salons AB, Grand Ballroom (left of lobby), 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. $50. Register HERE.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: October Cafe Night @ RIC, Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington St., Boston. 5-9 p.m. FREERegister HERE.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: Women Innovators Night @ WeBOS Week, Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk St., Boston. FREE. Register HERE.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: 2016 Massachusetts Community Voting and Third Presidential Debate Party, hosted by Voatz, 7:30-11 p..m., 120 Kingston St., 5th Floor Lounge, Boston. FREE. Register HERE.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Funding Options for Your Business, hosted by SheStarts, 6-8 p.m., Locke Lord, 111 Huntington Ave., Boston. FREE. Register HERE.

Thursday, Oct. 20: Managing Stress in Your Work Life, 6-8 p.m., at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston. Millennial executive coach and speaker Nell Daly, sponsored by Motus. FREE. Register HERE.

Friday, Oct. 21: Boston Renewable Energy Forum, 7:30-10 p.m., hosted by Patagonia’s Enviro-team, 346 Newbury St., Boston. Share proactive ways in which everyone can access local clean energy solutions in Massachusetts. FREE. Register HERE.

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